More news from the Government on live performances and working from home during COVID-19

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Coronavirus restrictions will ease further in England under plans for a “significant return to normality” by Christmas, Boris Johnson has just announced. As part of this, indoor performances with socially-distanced audiences in theatres, music and performance venues will provisionally be allowed from 1st August. Also from 1st August, it will be up to individual businesses to decide whether staff could start returning to workplaces…

Indoor performances with socially-distanced audiences in theatres, music and performance venues will be provisionally allowed from next month, 1st August.

This is (cautiously) good news for the live music industry, and the MIA welcomes this announcement – our own part of the music industry depends on musicians being able to work! There will clearly be challenges to over-come, such as how audiences will socially distance and how venues will make money when they can’t sell to full capacity.

The Prime Minister said:

“We will restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia, with a view to wider reopening in the Autumn.”

From 1 August, the Prime Minister also announced changes to the working from home message given by Government. He said:

“Instead of government telling people to work from home, we are going to give employers more discretion, and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely.

He explained that could mean “continuing to work from home, which is one way of working safely and which has worked for many employers and employees”.

Further guidance will be released on both of these issues, and we will of course keep you updated.

Here is the full statement on the Government website: PM statement on Coronavirus: 17 July 2020 – GOV.UK

You can read more on the Prime Minister’s recent announcement on the BBC News website here: Coronavirus: Boris Johnson sets out plan for ‘significant normality’ by Christmas